“Education & economic opportunity are the chief allies of peacemakers, ignorance & poverty the playground for injustice & its ruthless leaders.” ~ Silbi Kelly Stainton, MDF Founder and President
To improve relations between the West and the Muslim world by working together to alleviate poverty and illiteracy via sustainable educational and economic development in Southwest Asia.
Notes from the Field
Our new section, allows you to see updates about the work we do on the ground. Here young female students enjoy dancing together in celebration of the Eid Milan party at the MDF school celebration.
How we differ
The Marshall Direct Fund is named in honor of the Marshall Plan. Just as George Marshall recognized the great need to invest in war-weary people and ventures abroad. We believe supporting people in need of education and economic opportunities allows them to choose peace and prosperity over violence and despair. We do not invest in building, bricks and mortar…we invest in human capital. We operate primary and vocational schools and do an annual virtual exchange program. We invest in teacher training, scholarships for students, provide uniforms and lunches made locally (often the only clothing students have or only meal of the day), oversee implementation of curriculum that covers applicable subjects and fosters critical thinking.
Annual Report Please click here to view our 2011 Annual Report.